Afternoon Ticker: Mascherano nearing Barca deal, Evra to appeal and more

Afternoon Ticker: Mascherano nearing Barca deal, Evra to appeal and more

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Afternoon Ticker: Mascherano nearing Barca deal, Evra to appeal and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Javier Mascherano's exit from Liverpool appears to be closer than ever, as Barcelona is set to make a move in order to up its transfer bid for the Argentina international.

Barcelona is on the verge of selling Zlatan Ibrahimovic to AC Milan in a move that would help the Spanish giants make a more serious offer for Mascherano.

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola admitted at a press conference on Tuesday that he is interested in Mascherano as he feels a defensive midfielder would resolve the team's needs.

Mascherano was left out of Liverpool's squad for its 3-0 defeat to Manchester City on Monday, with club manager Roy Hodgson stating that Mascherano was not in the right frame of mind.

Here are some more stories from Tuesday:

Evra to appeal ban

Former France national team captain Patrice Evra is set to appeal his five-game ban from playing for Les Bleus for his role in boycotting a practice session at the World Cup. Evra's lawyer said that no individual punishment should be handed to Evra as the team as a whole skipped the practice to protest the expulsion of Nicolas Anelka.  

Evra was one of four players from the World Cup team to receive a suspension.

Fulham signs Halliche

Fulham bolstered its defense with the signing of Algerian defender Rafik Halliche from Benfica. Halliche, who played every minute of Algeria's World Cup, agreed to a three-year deal. The transfer fee was undisclosed. 

Cissokho to miss upcoming Euro qualifiers

Lyon defender Aly Cissokho will miss France's upcoming UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers after picking up a hamstring injury over the weekend. Cissokho's torn muscle will force him to miss at least three weeks, ruling him out of Les Bleus' qualifiers against Belarus on Sept. 3 and Bosnia and Herzegovina four days later.

Cissokho is the third Lyon player to suffer a hamstring injury in the past week.

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What do you think of the way Liverpool is handling Mascherano's seemingly inevitable exit? Do you see Evra getting the ban lifted? Think Halliche will become a starter for Fulham? Is it time for Lyon to start bubblewrapping its players.

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